If you’re nearing your due date, the chances are that you’ve been planning for your new arrival for weeks. Preparing for a new baby is exciting and scary at the same time. It can be difficult to keep track of what you’ve bought and what you need. There are so many products out there that it can be tough to determine what you need now and what can wait. If you’re counting down the days until your newborn arrives, here is an essential checklist to tick off.
You’ll need a car seat to bring your precious new addition home, so make sure you have one ready and raring to go. You never know when your baby will make an appearance, so buy your car seat a few weeks in advance. Look online for the best deals and visit some baby stores and showrooms to compare different models. Read some reviews from other parents to give you an idea of the best products on the market.
Changing nappies will soon become part and parcel of your daily life, and it’s best to get stocked up in advance. Bulk buying will save you money and prevent any late-night dashes to the convenience store. Stock up on nappies, cream and wipes and buy a couple of changing mats. You will also need some toiletries, such as bubble bath, for your little one. Keep your eyes peeled for baby events, which offer discount prices.
Whether you’re embarking on your first outing or you’re trying to soothe your baby, you’ll soon learn the benefits of owning a stroller. Initially, you may prefer to go for a more robust pram or a combined car seat and stroller. As your baby gets older, switch to a lightweight pushchair. Try out some strollers and see which ones you prefer and find most comfortable and convenient. Search online to read consumer reviews and compare prices.
Moses baskets are a godsend for tiny babies. They provide a snuggly, safe environment for your baby to sleep during the day and night. You can carry your basket around easily, and place it on a stand to keep your newborn safe from inquisitive pets or older siblings.
Your baby will need plenty of changes of clothes, so stock up on babygrows and vests. Look out for multi buy offers and stick to inexpensive brands for vests and sleepsuits. They grow out of them so quickly during the first few months. Go for light, comfortable fabrics and don’t forget scratch mitts and socks. Hats and coats are essential for days out. Once you’ve got the essentials, you can start buying cute outfits for those special occasions.
There’s a lot to remember when you’re preparing to welcome a new baby to the home, but hopefully, this list will make life easier. Start planning ahead and get the basics sorted. You can then devote your time to finishing off the nursery and putting your feet up before the little one arrives.